Sustainable Enterprise & Development
The meaning of sustainability…
What is the meaning of sustainability? For some it has become synonymous with environmentalism and the preservation or sustainable use of precious natural resources. If you recycle and have switched to compact fluorescent light bulbs to reduce your carbon footprint, you are a practitioner. At the Moore School, the concept is broader than that.
To meet the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs.” - World Commission on Environment and Development, 1989
Since the 1980s, a “global” perspective of sustainability includes issues that are not just environmental, but also economic and social. In 2008, the Moore School adopted a new strategic direction, Sustainable Enterprise and Development, with the mission to promote education and research to tackle the complex issues related to corporate responsibility, viable economic development, and care of resources – both human and natural.
In a sense, this initiative is not new to the Moore School; the school has long been a leader in global business education, which inherently must address the complex interplay of economic, social, and political forces. As Dean Hildy Teegen said in the Fall 2008 issue of Moore Business, the new strategic direction represents “a viable extension of our core competency in international business.”
Accelerating demand for finite resources in developing countries, the necessity of sustainable economic development in poor countries, the demand for ethical behavior and transparency in corporate governance, and the ambition of today’s students to do more than make money – that is, to make the world better – are all factors in the evolution of the Moore School.
On these pages, we look at some recent developments within the school, relative to sustainability, as well as the activities of a few of our alumni who have found their own niche in sustainability.